My Ancestor Came from Devon & My Ancestor came from Dorset - Two Half-day courses on 10 August 2019

Find out more about the counties of Devon and Dorset, and how to find your ancestors – whether they emigrated to other places or stayed in the area.

Saturday, 10 August 10:30 – 13:00 My Ancestor Came from Dorset

If you have people in your family tree living in Dorset, then Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard wants to help you find records that could help you to understand more about their lives. It might be a rural, agricultural place but Dorset has had its share of excitement: a long history of smuggling activity along its coast; the six Tolpuddle Martyrs who formed one of the first unions in Britain, were outlawed and transported, naval bases that were extremely important before D-Day in the Second World War.

You could find you have ancestors that made cloth, bonelace or stockings, sail cloth, linen and silk and Jane can explain why these trades declined. You might be able to follow your ancestors along the new railway lines that brought mobility, increased communications and tourism.

You could find you have ancestors that made cloth, bonelace or stockings, sail cloth, linen and silk and Jane can explain why these trades declined. You might be able to follow your ancestors along the new railway lines that brought mobility, increased communications and tourism.

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Saturday, 10 August 14:00 – 17:00 My Ancestor Came from Devon

Find out more about the county of Devon, and how to find your ancestors – whether they emigrated to other places or stayed in the area.

Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Plymouth Hoe, the Mayflower, or Devonshire cream tea – there’s lots to learn about Devon. Apparently as far back as Roman Britain, it was the home of the Dumnonii Brittonic Celts, but you’re probably more interested in 18th and 19th century life. Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard briefly looks at the decline of industries, such as fishing, mining and farming and how people moved away. However, many people stayed, with the arrival of the railways and the rise of tourism.

On both courses, Jane looks at:

The resources available for family history research;
Where to find the resources;
How to use the records;
Why some people left these counties and others stayed.

Two half-day courses on Saturday, 10 August with Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard. Cost £20.00/£16.00 SoG Members (each). The courses can be booked separately or together, through our website or by telephone: 020 7251 8799 (bookings by telephone only being taken Thursday, 8 Aug). Do you have a question? email the events department.

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